Cyclist killed in Slidell hit-and-run, suspect sought

Slidelll hit and run
Published: Jul. 6, 2018 at 12:26 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 6, 2018 at 3:38 PM CDT
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SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - A cyclist was killed in a hit-and-run crash on LA 1090 Thursday night.

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According to State Police, troopers are looking  looking for the driver of a dark colored GMC/Chevrolet pickup or SUV for questioning related to the crash.

Troopers responded to the scene on LA 1090 at Brownswitch Rd.

The crash claimed the life of 42-year-old Sandra Duet Royer of Slidell, according to the report.

The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as Royer was riding a Huffy mountain style bicycle northbound on LA 1090.

The bicycle was equipped with a white light on the front of the bicycle and Royer was wearing an orange safety vest, according to the report.

Furthermore, evidence gathered from the scene indicated that Royer's bicycle was equipped with a red reflector in the rear.

While traveling northbound, Royer was struck from behind by a dark colored Chevrolet/GMC pickup or SUV. Royer was ejected from the bicycle and sustained severe injuries in the crash, according to State Police.

She was transported to Ochsner Medical Center-Northshore, where she ultimately succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash.

The official cause of death is multiple blunt force trauma, and the manner of death is undetermined at this time, according to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office.

As part of the ongoing investigation, blood samples were collected for analysis.

The suspect's vehicle could have damage to the right rear view mirror and front end.

The vehicle was last seen fleeing northbound on LA 1090. If you have information pertaining to this crash, please contact Louisiana State Police Troop L at 985-893-6250.

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